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OIA Grant: International Research Exploration Fund

April 07, 2016
Alison Raisian

The Office of International Affairs' (OIA) International Research Exploration Fund helps faculty maximize global opportunities that enrich research and learning and that broaden the impact of both. Through an extensive network of collaborators on campus and abroad, OIA helps faculty and students find the most efficient path to getting their international research projects launched. Grants are supported by the Vice Provost and Dean of Research.

Call for 2016 Proposals

Submission deadline: Friday, May 13 2016.

Award recipients will be notified by end of June 2016


Faculty who are members of the Academic Council or faculty from the Medical Center Line. Faculty members who have an active OIA grant in Academic Year 15-16 are not eligible. Amount of funding:  up to $15,000


The Office of International Affairs International Research Exploration Fund is intended to help faculty develop new programs and initiatives that demonstrate "proof-of-concept" for further university or external funding. Since 2013, OIA seed grants have helped faculty address numerous early-stage research challenges, such as the unavailability of external funds to bring a collaborator to Stanford, especially from developing countries, the need to travel to the field to establish and accelerate partnerships with global collaborators, and the lack of funding to bring graduate students into the field to assist with and expand new research sites.

In short, these grants are intended to facilitate collaboration among faculty and students and to foster new relationships at Stanford and with research partners all over the world.

Priority Areas:

Preference will be given to proposals that have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • advances your global research goal in an impactful way: what global research challenge is it aiming to address? What is the value of the project to you, to your research team, the Stanford community?

  • new and innovative in its approach to addressing the challenge

  • offers to build new collaborations among faculty, fellows, postdocs, students or staff who have not previously worked together

  • seeks to leverage or develop new alumni networks to advance faculty research projects

  • aims to provide opportunities for graduate students to participate in an international research project through a mentored activity.  

Funds may be used for travel including transportation, living expenses (lodging, food, incidentals), both for bringing international collaborator(s) to Stanford and for outbound faculty and graduate student researchers. The funding may not be used for teaching or administrative salaries, insurance or health/welfare benefits but could be used to pay for an honorarium for non-Stanford research collaborators.

For proposals of comparable merit, priority will be given to those faculty that have updated their Stanford Profile with their international research projects. International research projects in your Stanford Profile will display on GoGlobal, the university resource that aggregates international research, courses, news and events from across campus. Refer to this article about Stanford Profiles for additional information. If you are not sure whether or not you have a Stanford Profile, please email Pauline Larmaraud at before applying.


Pauline Larmaraud, Assistant Director, Office of International Affairs, or 650-723-1984

Seed Grant Submission Guidelines

Please submit your proposal by email to Pauline Larmaraud  by 5 PM on Friday, May 13.

Format: all documents should be in .pdf format, single-spaced, in Arial 11-point font with one-inch margins.

Proposal (maximum of 7 pages) should include the following:

  • Proposal Title

  • One paragraph project summary

  • Name, title, departmental affiliation(s) and contact of the faculty member submitting the proposal

  • Names, titles, affiliations of all other participating collaborators (Stanford and other)

  • Description of the objectives

  • Description of how you plan to address those objectives

  • Description of the expected outcome and impact

  • Budget

You will receive a confirmation that we have received your application within one week of your submission of the application.